Jumpstart your materials research with the right tools
To advance your research, you need the highest-quality images and analysis tools. In this issue, we introduce you to a new FTIR microscope that collects and analyzes high-spatial resolution data with agility and acuity. We discuss advanced techniques for developing and testing polymer formulations. Read on to see how cutting-edge tools can help you jumpstart your materials science research.
New! Nicolet RaptIR FTIR Microscope
We’re thrilled to introduce the Thermo Scientific™ Nicolet RaptIR™ FTIR Microscope, which lets materials science researchers find answers faster than ever before. This next-generation Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) microscope offers both a wide field of view and high resolution to help you get straight to work without added steps. Specialists and non-specialists alike can find and analyze tiny areas of interest in seconds—even when working with large or heavy samples.
The Nicolet RaptIR FTIR Microscope comes with powerful software that allows you to swiftly make sense of complex samples. Paired with the Thermo Scientific™ Nicolet™ iS50 FTIR Spectrometer, the system can acquire data for organic and inorganic samples such as pastes, gels, liquids, and powders. With the Nicolet RaptIR FTIR Microscope, you can find rapid answers to a wide range of research questions.
Develop and test polymer formulations with powerful spectroscopy and rheology tools
By manipulating the molecular structure of polymers, researchers can create new plastics that perform better in daily life. And having the right tools to identify, quantify, and formulate polymer constituents is essential in determining which fillers and additives will expand the possibilities.
Learn how spectroscopic techniques like Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) provide in-depth chemical and structural information, while rheological tools can be used to measure viscoelastic properties.
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Discover the X-ray diffraction video library
X-ray diffraction (XRD) has become a foundational technology for scientists studying the composition and structural arrangement of crystallized samples, and Thermo Fisher Scientific™ provides a variety of cutting-edge solutions for XRD analysis. These solutions are designed for research and quality control in a wide range of applications including pharmaceutical, forensics, geology, polymers, advanced layers, and coatings.
Learn more about these solutions and their many applications by visiting our XRD video library.
Improving lithium-ion batteries with Raman spectroscopy
The efficiency of renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind power has dramatically increased over the last decade. At the same time, the cost of owning these technologies has decreased significantly, creating a huge demand for energy storage devices, including batteries. Read our eBook to explore how Raman spectroscopy can be used to analyze lithium-ion batteries and their components.
Fortify your metals with assured additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (3D printing) makes it possible to create intricate metallic parts with relative ease. However, it can also introduce inhomogeneous metal mixtures, which can cause contamination with oxides and crystal size variations, resulting in a weak chemical composition.
The Thermo Scientific™ ARL™ EQUINOX 100 X-ray Diffractometer can help to reinforce the strength of your materials by making accurate materials assessments of a variety of metallic materials, including austenite and titanium powder.
In addition to X-ray diffraction (XRD), quantitative analysis can be performed using the compact, benchtop Thermo Scientific ARL QUANT’X EDXRF Spectrometer. See how combining XRD and energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (EDXRF) allows for a complete characterization of the materials used for additive manufacturing, leading to higher quality manufactured parts.